Naeole appears to no longer be part of UH staff

All signs point to offensive line coach Chris Naeole no longer being part of the UH coaching staff.

Naeole did not attend the past two practices, and he is not expected to be part of the travel party for Saturday’s road game against Nevada. The Warriors are scheduled to depart this afternoon.

Head coach Nick Rolovich declined to comment on Naeole’s status following this morning’s practice.

Offensive coordinator Brian Smith and graduate assistant John Estes coached the offensive linemen the past two practices.


  1. H-Man October 5, 2017 9:29 am

    What’s going on?

  2. orioles4eva October 5, 2017 9:31 am

    Wow. what is going on?

  3. Warrior Dave October 5, 2017 9:39 am

    The team is imploding.

    Is Coach Cav still coaching??? We need who’s made already made a lot of money so they will come here for cheap.

  4. mileHIwarrior October 5, 2017 9:43 am

    You gotta be kidding. #bumbaiUlearn eh?

  5. Boolakanaka October 5, 2017 9:43 am

    If true– huge loss. He was both a very solid recruiter n provided an actual template to the NFL. Auwe-/

  6. Sangamon Keith October 5, 2017 10:11 am

    My concern is that it is a personal or family health issue. It seems strange that it happened at this point … and despite what seemed to be a good relationship with Rolo and other coaches. Hope all is well Chris … what ever the issue.

  7. Trunks420 October 5, 2017 10:18 am

    Wow huge blow if truly gone.
    He was the core of the team he was like a Friend/Bro to the players.
    Huge distration for the team.

  8. Akamai Okole October 5, 2017 10:39 am

    Great Morning All!

    Hoping all is good with Coach Naeole.

    Das it

  9. H-Man October 5, 2017 10:41 am

    SA Sports Breaking News – “Offensive line coach is no longer part of UH football staff.” No speculation here. The previous qualifier, “appears,” has been removed. Only reason remains open. Now why didn’t this happen in the off-season? Why now? With the dismissals and frequent player suspensions, this comes at a very bad time.

  10. forsurftoo October 5, 2017 11:09 am

    Don’t know, but the first words that came to my mind was “team discipline”………..

  11. Ipu Man October 5, 2017 11:14 am

    Thanks Chris for giving us
    fans your input in this time of your life.
    May you have a productive and long
    career in whatever you pursue. The Lord
    bless you.

  12. Ipu Man October 5, 2017 11:15 am

    UH 10 Reno 9

  13. Makai October 5, 2017 11:33 am

    Not sure if anyone else saw at Aloha Stadium on Sat., but he was the first into the locker room when the game ended. He went straight to the tunnel when the clock went to 0, no post game greet with CSU and Alma Mater. I had a feeling something was up.

  14. NorthShoreFan October 5, 2017 11:43 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…Bootiful Day!

    SAY it ain’t so!….A good coach and hoping he can be back on duty.

    Lot of turmoil this season. Player discipline and now coaching issue. Need to rise above all this.

  15. turfwar October 5, 2017 11:48 am

    Too bad. He had established some recruiting ties to Samoa and Australia/ New Zealand. But in the end it’s the position a coach holds and the school he represents that matters the most. The next guy will do fine as have coaches representing previous regimes.

  16. bowwar October 5, 2017 12:33 pm

    The “timing” of Naeole’s departure is NOT GOOD for everyone involved. If you recall, Naeole had a similar situation with Chow and he was persuaded to stay. I am concerned about the discord on the team and this definitely doesn’t help things. Thank you Chris for your past commitment to the program…However, it’s time to move on and circle the wagons.

  17. Old School Dave October 5, 2017 12:34 pm

    Unfortunate chain of events. Looking at the big picture, this team can fold and quit or turn things around and move forward. Everyone needs to be on the same page for the later.

    Adversity can bring out either the best or worst in people. It’s all how you respond to it.

  18. Sangamon Keith October 5, 2017 1:02 pm

    Hawaii 52
    Nevada 20

  19. roygbivs October 5, 2017 2:47 pm


    Team Meeting, PRONTO!!!

    What is the meaning of this? Now it looks like the team coaches are not on the same page, so how you expect your players to be.

    Well, new guy UP….

  20. Maddog50 October 5, 2017 5:14 pm

    Met and spoke with Coach Naole on more than a few occasions including this past Wyoming trip. If this is final-ok. This is Coach Rolovichs team and staff, period. That’s the way it goes. Like I’ve said in numerous posts-you focus on getting better and winning each and every game. So it is now up to those players to play and the coaches to coach. Nevada that’s all that matters-GoWarriors!!!

  21. Jack Flash October 5, 2017 5:16 pm

    Very deflating. Hoping for the best. Oh well… go warriors

  22. not Sean October 5, 2017 5:39 pm

    Irregardless of the circumstances, unless he was threatened with violence or harm, which I am sure we all doubt, quitting the team mid-season screams of (a lack of) character, ethics, loyalty and professionalism unless there is a health or family crisis involved. Don’t know what to think or feel until the reasons become public. Either way, it’s not good.

  23. UH4eva October 5, 2017 6:05 pm

    I’m with Rolo. I wish Chris well. The team needs to be strong and learn from this. If there was friction then hopefully we will see what this team is made of. If they let it distract them they could lose to even a really bad team like Nevada. They need to focus and a win will be very up lifting and a loss might be the end of the season.Go Warriors…better days ahead.

  24. UH4eva October 5, 2017 6:09 pm

    #13 Makai…CSU is not his Alma Mater. He played for Colorado Buffalos at Bolder. Aloha

  25. UH4eva October 5, 2017 6:16 pm

    UH 32 Nev 17

  26. ballerz October 5, 2017 6:54 pm

    what ever transpired for this to happen is disappointing. in reviewing the game, had noticed a lot more conversations with coach rolo and coach naeole. thought our o-line did well in cutting down the holding calls to zero. injurys to our starting two tackles was a setback but the next men up did a bang up job. in the ballast we have two good coaches in brian smith and john estes.
    next up the wolfpac 14, warriors 28. go bows!

  27. What? October 5, 2017 7:40 pm

    Untimely loss for the football program. I guess the same mantra applies tonly the coaches as well as the players – next man up.

    Best wishes to coach Naeole!

  28. What? October 5, 2017 7:42 pm

    …applies to the coaches…

  29. burro sabio October 5, 2017 7:58 pm

    Waiting for Al’s little birdie…

  30. Hank October 5, 2017 7:59 pm

    I’m even more confident we’ll win at Nevada now.

  31. NorthShoreFan October 5, 2017 8:15 pm

    so…there will be an official statement later?…

  32. NorthShoreFan October 5, 2017 8:16 pm

    hoping it’s just a “lovers quarrel”.

  33. Petey808 October 5, 2017 8:31 pm

    What’s going on in Manoa???

  34. Old Diver October 5, 2017 9:06 pm

    The Nevada is now the most important game of the season.

  35. leron October 5, 2017 9:36 pm

    Is Teva Eldredge off of his suspension?

  36. turfwar October 5, 2017 9:41 pm

    I’m with Hank. Like was previously mentioned Naeole basically quit in season before with Chow. He also had a chance to run the team on his own. There are a ton of OL coaches who would love the opportunity he had. Sheesh I mean he was coaching at Iolani prior to getting his opportunity, hopefully he finds what he’s looking for somewhere else. Just think he has no loyalty to UH, no way he pulls this stuff if he’s at Colorado.

  37. Al C October 5, 2017 9:50 pm

    First we had a total of 6 players disciplined the last 2 games. Now a good coach either quit or fired. We need to know why – both as fans and taxpayers. I only wish my Warriors well from here on

  38. Raymond Kauhaunaele October 6, 2017 2:12 am


  39. kimo browner October 6, 2017 2:25 am

    Something is not right here. Hopefully, ROLO, Staff & TEAM do a cat bounce…we still have 7 -games remaining on the schedule…

  40. Sangamon Keith October 6, 2017 6:59 am

    First off, this morning’s paper is less definite than last evening. UH is not making any official statements. We’ll see if that changes.

    Focusing of Nevada game, it’s heartening to see that Nevada has given up over 500 yards three time in five games, while UH has gained 500 yards in three of its five games … never less than 450 in the other two. While on the other hand, our defense hasn’t been consistent it did hold Wyoming to 269 yards.

  41. Sangamon Keith October 6, 2017 7:02 am

    Oh … I forgot to mention, Nevada’s offense has only gained more than 400 yards in one game this year … 420 versus Idaho and still lost. I’m not saying this is a sure win, but I do think the odds makers aren’t looking closely enough.

  42. Petey808 October 6, 2017 7:07 am

    Hope team stays focused and ready to play. Rolo gotta get his team back on track with a win. #defendpriderock

  43. oldtimer808 October 6, 2017 7:33 am

    I wish Chris well. No sense in speculating until the facts come out.

  44. al October 6, 2017 8:06 am

    Well, I am not assuming anything.

    However, it is definitely not about the money. He has more than enough from all his years in the NFL. Besides, Hawai‘i has one of the smallest budgets for coaches in the MWC let alone D-1.
    He was dedicated to the program.
    Hopefully a cooling period will re-open the doors. But, I won’t hold my breath.

  45. RedRaider Pride October 6, 2017 8:44 am

    I love Naole, but it’s his second incident with a 2nd coach about leaving. Remember, he also left for a short period with Chow. As much as I like Chris’ fire and great coaching, he needs to get along with his boss. You may not agree all the time, but you cannot just “go off” and leave. Be a professional and leave after the season, or don’t coach. He has a Head Coaches mentality, which is great if you are the head coach. I hope he can re-consider and cool off. But being the 2nd time this happened already, you gotta think for the whole team. Rolo probably had to give him the “my way or leave” talk, and for the 2nd time, he left. Not Rolo’s fault. He had to do what is best for the whole team, not just 1 guy.

  46. turfwar October 6, 2017 10:41 am Well at least one kid had a good impression on his recruiting trip last weekend despite the loss.

  47. cocobean October 6, 2017 10:43 am

    It’ll be harder to recruit O-linemen if you can’t tell them who their position coach will be.

  48. Shoichi October 6, 2017 11:21 am


    Nevada didn’t play Idaho, it was Idaho STATE an FCS school. They played a true freshman QB who struggled for the first half but calmed down in the second. In the first half they were getting blown out but came back. Still wasn’t a good showing from them.

  49. Maddog50 October 6, 2017 11:32 am

    Jay Shidler once said things are either interesting or they’re important-In my opinion beating Nevada is important everything else is well you know…..

  50. Stephen Tsai October 6, 2017 11:33 am

    New post:

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